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" continues. host: by next guest work -- wrote this book, "bet the farm." let me start by using your subtitle. how did food stop being food? guest: so much of the focus an emphasis on the food problem and the hundred problem has been on the industrialization of the food system. what we have seen again and again is the fact that large businesses are taking over the food stream. this was the first wave food stopped being food. food became part of their spread sheet. became part of their profit and loss statement. i started thinking, how else has to stop being food? is stopping food and became a legal construct in terms of genetic modification. it stopped being food and became a marketing tool in terms of sustainability. it stopped being food and became a political tool that the united nations. and finally and most dangerously, who has become one of the most -- i should say, newest financial derivatives. wall street has started to use food as a financial plaything. this has been a dire circumstance for food, the ultimate way to have stopped being food. host: to take a quote from your book, you s
into an opposition that would be enough to scuttle his nomination. the white house is betting that it will not. they are prepared to put political capital behind this nomination. usually when they do that, they can get their nomination for the process and we will wait to see if that is enough. host: we heard from senator john mccain. what did he have to say? guest: he is being cautious. he is concerned with some of the things that chuck hagel has said and done, especially regarding the israeli-iraq issues but he is not committing to opposing the nomination. john mccain had previously said that chuck hagel is a close personal friend, they are both vietnam veterans and served together in the senate and they do know each other and there is a level of camaraderie and respect. i don't think john mccain and knows what he will do. i think the hearings for chuck hagel and the vetting process in congress and the media will have a big impact on the final results. host: we are asking our viewers this morning to tell us what they think are the foreign policy challenges in 2013. if chuck hagel were to get
of color. guest: you bet we are. we have so much to do on this fund, both women and men in the senate. we have supported the first asian american woman in the senate. she will be a great addition to the senate. we have had more success in the senate's. newcomers been from ohio -- a new congresswoman from ohio. we have supported a number of women in california and new mexico. our work is far from done. we are looking to expand our training program in all communities. ans isn't just about having equal number of women and men. it is also about bringing people of color to the table. host: on our republican line. caller: i have a comment. the problem we have -- people either ignore or do not want to recognize -- anytime we have a minority or a woman who is put into office and put into congress, if they are republican, they are always demonized. in the case of minorities, black americans. they are not accepted. i do not understand why we cannot see it is not ethical for this country to stand by and watch one party demonize and the other accused them of not having minorities or blacks in congres
their paychecks, investors around the world will ask if the united states of america is a safe bet. markets could go haywire. interest rates would spike for anyone who borrows money. every homeowner with a mortgage, every student with a college loan, every small business owner who wants to grow. host: your reaction? guest: first, thanks for having me on the show, greta. i have owned the business over 20 years as an entrepreneur, have been looking at budgets for over 30 years. even now, as a businessman who has had a season of public- service, i have 150 employees in virginia. so this is not theoretical to me. the implications of reaching the debt limit. we have a serious economic problem with respect to spending and revenues as well. it really threatens the foundation of our republic. when the president says that we cannot negotiate that at all, i don't think that is the right position. i know over the course of this next however minutes we have, we will talk about spending reductions that have to happen. i've made the case that revenues have to come up a bit. i have not seen the president have a
for you? guest: you bet. i have said at every campaign event that we have to change the structure to make it sustainable in the long term. i support the ryan plan. we have to raise the retirement age. with social security, we have to do the chain cpi. there are a lot of things we have to do. host: for you, who should be doing the negotiating? saw it was vice president joe biden and mitch mcconnell. guest: i hope it is -- we have moved away from regular order. with the senate, not one appropriations bill went through. my preference is to go through regular order. at is the best route. host: what about filibuster reform? that could be a vote that happens maybe in february. you wouldn't need 60 votes to just consider a vote. allow the legislation to come to the floor. how would you vote on that? guest: i hope we do not change rules that have served well over 200 years. the majority doesn't have its will. if you have a one person majority in the house, you can pretty much control will goes on. that is not the case in the senate. we need a change in behavior. we cannot take away the opportunit
the show. i have seen john on other programs. you do a pretty good job. host: i bet you haven't seen him with a green tie. i know there's a game in baltimore today. i think there's a football game in washington, d.c. caller: we are very excited about the game. host: let me explain the green tie. guest: notre dame is playing in alabama and that is the only game that matters to me. that is why i'm wearing and i'm going to the game. caller: ravens have a game, too. a lot of story lines in football this year. i was calling because, you know, we have been continued of having the same fights since i was young. we have all known about the three problems that we have -- not problems -- the biggest amounts of spending. defense, medicaid, medicare and social security, which doesn't add to our deficit. social security is taken out. i don't mind paying taxes. but the republicans and democrats, they really have to just sit down and deal with it. none of them want to deal with their particular constituency. republica republicans, you know, most of them are aligned to defense. we have to cut our defens
, your allies would not bet on you as much as they will. i think senator hagel was raising these questions. what did it take to make americans feel safe on september 10, 2001? we had terrorism hit the country and massive rise in spending in defense. you spent two 0.7 trillion dollars above that baseline, including inflation. that is justifiable in many ways. we're not having an honest discussion with the public. we are spending ways -- be spent a huge amount of money but america still hasn't been feeling as it. i think these are the kind of questions -- hagel made a comment that said it is not unpatriotic to ask questions of your government. this is when bush was in office. it is patriotic to ask these questions. i think he was trying to make that same kind of point about the barack bang investment in the united states. guest: i think his criticisms were quite fair at the time. in fact, many of us made them. the answer is not one -- "let us get out and cut defense." the bush administration did not provide the military resources -- the kinds of materials and resources. i pro
like south carolina, it says in that story that republicans are betting on opposition from tea party activists, that the most conservative report -- most conservative supporters will continue to take a hard line on immigrants. the senators on monday released this blueprint for immigration policy one day ahead of the president's speech. evidence that the town and immigration may be changing, according to "the new york times." host: we will hear more about dissension from this plan coming out. first, liz, texas, democrat. hello. caller: i had a couple of brief points to make. i am an educator, teaching english as a second language to students. i had a couple of comments, i hope i have time to make them. i noticed that several families will live in one house because they work for such low let -- such low wages, they cannot get by better than anyone else who is working for $5, and at $7 per hour. when you make that little money, you generally do not pay taxes. in most states you do not have to pay any at all. the other point i want to make, if they're going to be here to work, they need
was pretty heavily betting on one guy, and it was the other guy who won, and i think that is important. i would like to see a lot of changes in campaign finance and much stricter rules on going through the revolving door. even so, the situation is not hopeless. we're still a democracy, flawed democracy, but you can have all the big money going behind a big money guy for president and have the other guy win, and that tells you there's still hope for america. host: phil on twitter wants to know if you have ever owned a business. -- bill. guest: no, of course not. maybe this is the unpopular thing to say, but history shows being a good businessman is not necessarily a qualification for running the economy. those are very different things. probably the best businessman was a fellow named herbie herbert -- probably the best businessman as president was a fellow named herbert hoover. it comes back to the conversation of business spending versus government spending. a business, when general electric is deciding about what will happen when it lays off a bunch of workers, it they did not have to w
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